Obituary | Debra Kier of Mahnomen, Minnesota

Debra K Kier, age 57, of Mahnomen, MN, passed away at the Mahnomen Health Center Hospital, after several months battling cancer.

Debra Kay, the daughter of John and Shirley (Roy) Kier, was born in Mahnomen on November 18, 1965.  As a small child, she moved with her family to Seattle, WA, where she attended elementary school.  They later returned to Minnesota, and she was raised in the Naytahwaush community.  As a busy young mother, Debra worked at the Mahnomen Health as a certified nursing assistant for many years.  She later continued her education, earning her LPN degree.  Debra worked as a nurse in long term care centers for much of her working career.  She has been employed as the White Earth Tribal Council District II Administrative Assistant for the past 8 years, serving many years under representative Kathy Goodwin.  She held this position until June 2022, when her health declined. 

Debra cherished her family and was devoted to each of her six children.  She loved being a grandma and spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren.  Debra was a great cook and enjoyed baking.  She hoarded recipes everywhere, clipping and keeping anything new that looked fun to try. They made many memories over family meals and cookouts.  Debra also loved to get a deal, one of her favorite pastimes was going to rummage sales and thrift stores.  She also liked simply being with friends, having coffee, and going on drives. 

Debra is survived by her children: Christopher (Faye) Kier of Mahnomen, AnnMarie Lenoir of Mahnomen, Michael Thorpe of Detroit Lakes, MN, Bryce Auginash, Brenden Auginash, and Brodie Auginash, all of Mahnomen; six grandchildren: Chris, Robert, Cameron, Kiera, Arianna, and King; and her sister, Carol Kier of Fargo, ND.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Shirley; and her brother, Raymond. 

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Naytahwaush, MN.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

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